While the days are cold and dreary and maybe even a little snow on the ground; now is actually the time to start thinking about starting your own garden vegetable plants indoors from seed. Many vegetables have suggested indoor seed starting dates in the date range mid February to mid March. What a great way to chase away the winter blues by starting your own greens in hopes of a bountiful harvest this summer and fall. There are even a few cold crops like Peas, Spinach, Radishes and Turnips that have outdoor suggested seed starting dates from mid to late March.
Check out this link to the Farmer’s Almanac where you can enter your zip code and get suggested seed starting and transplant dates for almost all your vegetables in your area.
WHAT IS PLANTING BY THE MOON?
Simply put, Planting by the Moon (also called Gardening by the Moon or Moon Phase Gardening) is the idea that the lunar cycle affects plant growth. Just as the Moon’s gravitational pull creates the tides of the oceans, it also creates more moisture in the soil, which encourages growth.
The technique goes as follows:
Plant your annual flowers and fruit and vegetables that bear crops above ground (corn, tomatoes, zucchini, etc.) during the light, or waxing of the Moon—from the day the Moon is new to the day it is full.
Plant flowering bulbs, biennial and perennial flowers, and vegetables that bear crops below ground (onions, carrots, potatoes, etc.) during the dark, or waning, of the Moon—from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again.
Stop by the farm and we’ll help you through the garden planning process. Seeds are already in stock!
Special thanks to Farmer’s Almanac and Shutterstock for content and pictures in this post